Turtlenecks used to be my least favorite items in my closet while growing up, despite its convenience and functionality. I would view them as uncomfortable woolly restraints that were only meant for extremely cold temperatures when going to school. More recently I’ve become quite fond of the style, as I’ve watched the revival of the once dreaded neckline on runways and celebrities. Nevertheless, there is something so incredibly chic about the covered up look that draws my attention.

As I’ve had less than successful attempts at recreating the glamorous trend, this Fashionista nailed it with her maxi version. The gray ribbed knit is a casual and cool layer for her overall monochrome look. Her sweater dress actually has a cowl neck, a less structured version of the turtleneck style, so she has the option to pull it up higher to cover her face while walking outside. The length of the dress gives her the ability to wear almost anything underneath, which is essential for the cold months in New England.

Another trendy element of this Fashionista’s outfit is her white coat. The color is a great alternative to the usual black or the now popular camel hues. Its longline fit complements the maxi dress and makes her outfit the definition of minimalist. With such powerful pieces put together, the accessories are best kept simple. The black booties give her a feminine and formal element, perfect for going from school to work. Her black purse is a smart choice, but not boring because of its subtle reptilian texture.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Firstly, keep warm. Be stylish. You don’t have to be bundled up to do both.”